Guess Who's Back, Back Again

The Notre Dame football program held its second of two Junior Days this afternoon. Chris Watt is the only recruit that has attended both of them.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound four-star offensive lineman from Glen Ellyn, Ill., picked up a scholarship offer from Irish head coach Charlie Weis during his February junior day visit, and learned more about the campus he'd already visited a couple times before.

Back in South Bend again, Chris Watt had an agenda for this trip, as he tries to sort through 16 scholarship offers and soon narrow down a list of favorites.

"It went really well," Watt said. "I came in early, at about 9:30, an hour before the junior day started. I got to go meet professor (Carl) Ackermann, he's the head of the finance department at the Mendoza School of Business. He talked football with me, and about the business school in general. That is one thing I'm interested in, so that was a good visit.

"Then, I got to visit the dorms, see inside them, how big the rooms are, it was pretty cool. I got to see the Grotto and the two lakes, the St. Mary's and St. Joseph's."

Watt then headed over to junior day, where he got some one-on-one time with Weis for about 35 minutes.

"We had a good talk," Watt said. "I got some questions answered, like what are the hardest things to deal with coming in your freshman year, and basic questions like that.

"He talked about his experience with Tom Brady a little bit. He also talked about his experience at Notre Dame as a student. Since he didn't play football at Notre Dame, his experiences being a student and a Notre Dame football fan. He kind of covered a lot of questions."

After getting a tour of the campus and seeing everything again, Watt and the 10 other visitors grabbed lunch in the Notre Dame Stadium press box.

With a delicious meal in his belly, Watt and the rest of the recruiting prospects made their way over to football practice, where the Irish were in full pads for the first time this spring.

"It was really good," Watt said of practice. "The offensive line was working real hard. I got to see drills I haven't seen before. I got to see (offensive line) coach (John) Latina coach. I got to see how the guys respond to him, and how he coaches his players.

"There were a lot of good guys out there. I met the strength and conditioning coordinator and he said they've been working really hard.

"I got to see the Irish Eyes drill. It's kind of like the Oklahoma drill. They have an offensive lineman and defensive lineman, and they have a running back, and the defensive lineman has to get off the block and get to the ball carrier. The offensive line looked good. They are looking big and thick. They were winning most of the Irish Eyes battles. Only a few times did the defensive lineman get free. The offensive linemen were really getting after it."

Watt was able to meet and talk for a second with Sam Young, Dan Wenger, Eric Olsen and Tom Bemenderfer.

"We just exchanged that it was a good place," Watt said. "Next time I come up, hopefully I can spend more time with the players."

Watt's thinking he'll come back to campus after spring football is over. Irish signee Braxston Cave was also at practice on Saturday, and the two got a chance to chat.

"I talked to him about why he chose Notre Dame and his experience at the Under Armour All-American bowl."

Watt also holds scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia, Minnesota, Stanford, Arizona, Iowa and Northwestern. After a few more trips, he plans on narrowing down a list of schools to eight, hoping to cut that to a lucky five by the middle of May.

"They're in, they're definitely in," Watt said of Notre Dame. He is going to Iowa tomorrow, and Ohio State the next day. He will also be tripping to Stanford and Virginia over the next couple of weeks. He has already visited Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

"I keep in touch with (Notre Dame recruiting coordinator) coach (Rob) Ianello once a week and email more than once a week," Watt said. "He is just seeing how things are going with track and family." Top Stories